Author: Augustine Thompson, O.P.
Publication Info: Penn State Press, 2005.
“Thompson positions the Italian republics in sacred space and time.He maps their religious geography as it was expressed throughpolitical and voluntary associations, ecclesiastical and civil structures,common ritual life, lay saints, and miracle-working shrines.He takes the reader through the rituals and celebrations of the communalyear, the people’s corporate and private experience ofGod, and the “liturgy” of death and remembrance.In the process he challenges a host of stereotypes about “orthodox” medieval religion, the Italian city-states, and the role of new religious movements in the world of Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, and Dante.”
A publication of the Society for Utopian Studies, 2010.
Included in this volume are the following articles:
“Preliminary Sketches for the Reappearance of HyBrazil” by Sean Lynch
“A Conversation at Sea” by Matt Packer and Sean Lynch
“Utopian Studies, Environmental Literature, and the Legacy of an Idea: Educating Desire in Miguel Abensour and Ursula K. Le Guin” by Christine Nadir
“Sinking ‘Like a Corpse’ or Living the ‘Soul’s Full Desire’: Shaker Women in Fiction and History” by Richard M. Marshall
“Scottish Utopian Fiction and the Invocation of God” by Timothy C. Baker
“A Grenade With the Fuse Lit: William S. Burroughs and Retroactive Utopias in Cities of the Red Night” by Sean Grattan
“Michael Flürscheim: From the SIngle Tax to Currency Reform” by Lyman Tower Sargent
Author: Robert Pogue Harrison
Publication Info: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008
“Humans have long turned to gardens—both real and imaginary—for sanctuary from the frenzy and tumult that surrounds them. Those gardens may be as far away from everyday reality as Gilgamesh’s garden of the gods or as near as our own backyard, but in their very conception and the marks they bear of human care and cultivation, gardens stand as restorative, nourishing, necessary havens.
With Gardens, Robert Pogue Harrison graces readers with a thoughtful, wide-ranging examination of the many ways gardens evoke the human condition. Moving from from the gardens of ancient philosophers to the gardens of homeless people in contemporary New York, he shows how, again and again, the garden has served as a check against the destruction and losses of history. The ancients, explains Harrison, viewed gardens as both a model and a location for the laborious self-cultivation and self-improvement that are essential to serenity and enlightenment, an association that has continued throughout the ages. The Bible and Qur’an; Plato’s Academy and Epicurus’s Garden School; Zen rock and Islamic carpet gardens; Boccaccio, Rihaku, Capek, Cao Xueqin, Italo Calvino, Ariosto, Michel Tournier, and Hannah Arendt—all come into play as this work explores the ways in which the concept and reality of the garden has informed human thinking about mortality, order, and power.”